[Team Trump] has remarkably found yet another ethics loophole, to justify announcing the expansion of Trump's Scottish golf resort, mere days after having promised there would be no new international deals struck by the Trump Organization.My apologies for forgetting to warn you to take to your fainting couches before I delivered this shocking news. Please report immediately to Shakesville HQ if you are in urgent need of smelling salts for an impending swoon.
Trump officials said the plans for the Trump International Golf Course Scotland in Aberdeenshire – likely to immediately involve extending its boutique hotel and building a second 18-hole golf course – did not conflict with his promise not to pursue new or "pending" deals outside the US.If you parse that carefully, it essentially means that deals arising from any existing part of his business do not count, so long as someone from the organization is willing to say the deal was in the works up until Inauguration Day.
"Implementing future phasing of existing properties does not constitute a new transaction so we intend to proceed," a Trump Organization spokeswoman told the Guardian.
The expansion plans could see the resort grow substantially, with a new 450-room five-star hotel, timeshare complex and private housing estate. This would greatly increase the value to the Trump Organization of an investment on which Trump originally boasted he would spend up to £1bn.
That is one big loophole.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Tuesday, January 17, 2017
It turns out that Trump's promise of no new international deals while he's president was complete codswallop: